Acadia Center testified before the Joint Committee on Telecommunications, Utilities, and Energy on May 30, 2019. In its testimony it urged Massachusetts legislators to support efficient electrification of building heating, new standards to promote innovative energy saving appliances, better information on energy efficiency for homebuyers, and requirements for existing buildings to become more efficient. It also called for them to oppose or require modification of two bills that could harm the state's energy efficiency programs and their implementation.
Acadia Center's testimony urges DOER to withdraw proposed changes to the RPS that would undermine the state's climate efforts, including allowing energy sources that emit more CO2, like biomass, to participate and relaxing accountability measures that track emissions reductions. Acadia Center testified and submitted its statement to the Massachusetts Department of Energy Resources on May 13, 2019.
In this memo, Acadia Center outlines key issues the public should be aware of in National Grid's comprehensive electric rate case, filed in late 2018. Acadia Center addresses concerns related to high revenue and shareholder returns, inadequate requirements in "performance based ratemaking," misaligned rates, and proposed electric vehicle charging programs. The last section summarizes opportunities for the public to weigh in and take action in the proceeding, which will have far-reaching implications for Massachusetts' clean energy future.
In Rhode Island, siting challenges that have arisen in the past few years show that the state can’t accelerate its clean energy transition without a siting plan. In a landscape patchworked with forest, farmland, and open space, policies and incentives must prioritize solar projects in areas with compatible land uses. H5789 is a solar siting bill introduced in 2019 with the aim of address these challenges. Read on to see Acadia Center's testimony on House Bill 5789.
Acadia Center's comments submitted as testimony to Rhode Island's Coastal Resources Management Council in its decision on the development of Vineyard Wind's offshore wind farm for Massachusetts.
Connecticut organizations and businesses submitted this letter to the Energy and Technology Committee of the Connecticut Legislature, calling for a pause to implementation of harmful solar policies and a return to net metering and other policies that were mistakenly removed through a bill last session.
Acadia Center's statement on the transmission line project proposed by Central Maine Power and selected by Massachusetts to satisfy a state law and bring hydroelectric power from Canada into New England.
Over the past two legislative sessions, the Commonwealth has made big strides to clean up the electric sector, including the large-scale procurement of offshore wind and clean energy. However, there are many more opportunities to safeguard the climate and public health while growing the economy, protecting consumers, and improving equity, notably in transportation, heating and cooling, and grid modernization. This document lays out Acadia Center’s priority bills in Massachusetts for the 2019-2020 legislative session.
Massachusetts’ transportation system is due for an upgrade. Outdated infrastructure, congested roads, and polluted air are a drag on the economy. Massachusetts’ residents and businesses deserve transportation options that will help them thrive, and the Commonwealth can achieve that goal by focusing on the actions outlined in this report.
Acadia Center is excited to pass along some of the resources and information shared at the Building a Stronger Maine forum on clean energy and transportation opportunities for the state. See the links below for slides from forum speakers, including Kathleen Meil (Acadia Center), Beth Ahearn (Maine Conservation Alliance), Sharon Klein (School of Economics, University of Maine), Ruth Kermish-Allen (Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance), and Emily Lewis (Acadia Center).